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ZagNative
05-31-2015, 12:53 PM
Looking forward to following our guy Zach on the USA 3x3 tournament in Hungary Starting June 4.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGWj1M6U8AEZ1z-.jpg

3 x 3 profile: Some fun stuff in here! (http://www.usab.com/basketball/players/mens/c/collins-zach.aspx)

2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships Men's Pool D preview (http://www.fiba.com/news/2015-fiba-3x3-u18-world-championships-mens-pool-d-preview)

With the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships taking place in Debrecen from 4-7 June, we preview the men's and women's tournament pool by pool.

Men's Pool D
Teams
Spain (#4 seed), USA (#5), Georgia (#12), Indonesia (#13), Puerto Rico (#20), Argentina (#21)

Story
There are no words to describe how dominant Argentina was two years ago when they won the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships: 11 games, 11 wins and the most suffocating defense ever seen in the competition. The team led by the supremely talented Gabriel Deck conceded only six points on average from the quarter-finals to the final. Argentina showed they had a deep pool of talents when a brand new team struck bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Once again this season, the team started from scratch but with a few eye-popping names such as Martin Fernandez, who starred for his country at the 2014 FIBA U17 (Basketball) World Championship.

Argentina had better be dominant again because Pool D has been nicknamed D for Death on the social media with the presence of 3x3 superpowers Puerto Rico, Spain and USA, together with Georgia and Indonesia.

Puerto Rico was impressive in Jakarta as well, winning their first 8 games before losing to France in the quarter-finals. Their YOG experience was not nearly as successful (13th) but the country comes with a new group including the lanky Keythom Cedeno.

Spain will bring a physical team (heaviest in Pool D) and the main attraction will be Real Madrid Baloncesto rising star Dani de la Rúa.

The US have been extremely successful in the women's category but are still looking to win their first-ever title in the men's competition. They are likely to dominate the painted area with Zach Collins (tallest player of the tournament at 2.12m) and PJ Washington (2.08m). Payton Pritchard is announced as the fastest player in recent years and Jalek Felton should be a regular in our Top 10 Plays of the Day videos. The nephew of NBA player Raymond Felton has bounce and already announced his participation at the Dunk Contest...

USA Schedule for Pool D: (http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015/Men/United-States)

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ZagNative
06-03-2015, 03:42 PM
Looking forward to catching Zach's games on Youtube live stream of the 3 x 3 U18 games, starting tomorrow morning. Game times:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqEpO2jLog

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mXnowoLDMXY/VW-P0Vp2ECI/AAAAAAACfh0/ysPzOtEMPGc/s311/2015-06-04%252520Zach%252520Collins%252520schedule.jpg

Tournament Preview from USA Basketball (http://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2015/06/chasing-the-elusive-3x3-gold.aspx)


Chasing The Elusive Men's 3x3 Gold

Date:
Jun 3, 2015

When the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 U18 World Championship Team takes the court on Thursday (12:40 p.m. ET @ http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015) at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in Debrecen, Hungary, it will do so as an underdog.

That might seem strange for a federation such as USA Basketball, which is defending gold medalist in every FIBA and FIBA Americas competition on the full-court, five-on-five side of the game. However, the USA men haven’t fared as well in the 3x3 game. In fact, in the five youth 3x3 competitions, dating to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 3x3 U18 World Championships and 2014 Youth Olympic Games, USA Basketball claimed a medal just once -- returning home with a silver medal in 2012.

Two-time gold medal winner as an assistant coach with the USA Junior National Team, Eric Flannery ( St. Edward H.S., Ohio) saw firsthand at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, where the USA men finished in fourth place, how tough the 3x3 competition is.

“3x3 requires every player that plays to have multiple skills to do everything,” said Flannery. “You have to be able to defend; you have to defend different players. Offensively, you have to be able to shoot, you have to be able to score in different ways, and you have to be able to handle the ball.”

The USA team, which also features 6-foot-7 Gonzaga University verbal committ Zach Collins (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), 6-foot- 1 University of Oklahoma bound Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.) and 6-foot-7 uncommitted P.J. Washington (Findlay College Prep/Frisco, Texas), trained May 29-31 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the weekend’s practice sessions, the squad brought in a strong sparring partner to better help it prepare for the 3x3 U18 Worlds.

The 2015 New Zealand 3x3 U18 World Championship Team joined the USA team for evening scrimmages, which greatly aided the U.S. squad’s training as New Zealand featured a pair of big men bound for USA college campus. Sam Timmins, who has committed to the University of Washington, and Tai Wynyard, who has committed to University of Kentucky, both stand 6-foot-10 and gave the USA a taste of what the team will see in Hungary.

ZagNative
06-03-2015, 04:28 PM
USA squad:

https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t51.2885-15/11312237_371545103051206_832740187_n.jpg

cjm720
06-03-2015, 04:36 PM
Good luck Zach!!!! (I really need to get over losing out on PP...he's going to be a stud at OK).

Zags_Fanatic
06-03-2015, 07:40 PM
The USA team, which also features 6-foot-7 Gonzaga University verbal committ Zach Collins (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.) Looks like Zach shrunk 4 inches!

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 06:51 AM
Gonzaga Guru ‏@ZagsGuru · 2h2 hours ago
Watch Gonzaga commit @zcollins_33 & @usab3x3 on this livestream today:
9:40am PDT vs Puerto Rico, 12:30pm vs Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqEpO2jLog …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqEpO2jLog

GonzagasaurusFlex
06-04-2015, 07:18 AM
Gonzaga Guru ‏@ZagsGuru · 2h2 hours ago
Watch Gonzaga commit @zcollins_33 & @usab3x3 on this livestream today:
9:40am PDT vs Puerto Rico, 12:30pm vs Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqEpO2jLog …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqEpO2jLog

Thanks for the link Zagdawg. I just watched Poland get past Phillipines 15-13. The YouTube feed is great quality.

Love playing 3v3; first time I've watched a high level game. Small and quick teams like Phillipines have can be very tough as there's so much room to drive the lane. I think Zach Collins will be unstoppable on offense but a liability on D, unless he is exceptionally quick for a 6'10" guy. Looking forward to seeing him.

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 07:45 AM
Agree-- this competition will help him to work on his quickness-- France just came back to take New Zealand.

New Zealand had a big guy that was using his height to box out his guy for a few easy baskets--but it looks to be a game for the midsized and quick.

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 08:19 AM
Mike Collins ‏@TandZsdad · 2m2 minutes ago
@zcollins_33 Measured at 6'11.5" for the championships, the first game will be against little guys. 3x3 is a guards game. Grow wheels Z-Bo!

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 08:48 AM
Collins game about to start.

ProjectMKUltra5
06-04-2015, 08:54 AM
Didn't know Borat was calling the game

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 08:55 AM
Collins with a solid dunk, a great assist and a great putback.

jazzdelmar
06-04-2015, 08:56 AM
At least the video quality is sharp. They have any PLAYS?

Angelo Roncalli
06-04-2015, 08:58 AM
Didn't know Borat was calling the game

"And that's a no score."

Hilarious.

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 09:00 AM
Nice double block by Collins--I like the way he moves without the ball.

jazzdelmar
06-04-2015, 09:00 AM
PP is channeling DR

Angelo Roncalli
06-04-2015, 09:02 AM
That was quick.

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 09:03 AM
First to 21--USA Prichard looked good also--Oklahoma got a good one.

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 09:04 AM
Gonzaga Guru retweeted


USA Basketball 3x3 ‏@usab3x3 · 46s47 seconds ago
The #usab3x3 U18 men just defeated PUR 21-4. Next up is Georgia at 3:30 pm EDT.

ProjectMKUltra5
06-04-2015, 09:09 AM
Ugh I can't wait til Hoopfest

cjm720
06-04-2015, 09:46 AM
Are there stats available?

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 09:52 AM
Only thing that I see it total points on the website.

http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015/games


USA women about to start against Romania.

Bogozags
06-04-2015, 09:55 AM
Ugh I can't wait til Hoopfest

That Filipino kid Parras is a baller...super jump shot and can create his own shot too! Wonder how tall he is?

ProjectMKUltra5
06-04-2015, 11:09 AM
Estonia just beat Vietnam 22-1 lol

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 11:31 AM
USA playing again.

Zags_Fanatic
06-04-2015, 11:50 AM
USA beats Georgia. Collins looked great!

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 11:51 AM
USA wins Zach with 4 pts (4 made baskets)

Tomorrow USA plays Argentina

thespywhozaggedme
06-04-2015, 12:00 PM
6'5; going to UCLA. I'm married toa Filipino, so this kid has a lot of buzz about him, may be the 1st full blooded Filipino in the NBA.
That Filipino kid Parras is a baller...super jump shot and can create his own shot too! Wonder how tall he is?

sittingon50
06-04-2015, 12:22 PM
6'5; going to UCLA. I'm married toa Filipino, so this kid has a lot of buzz about him, may be the 1st full blooded Filipino in the NBA.

So will he be in uniform in K2 in December, spy?

ProjectMKUltra5
06-04-2015, 12:36 PM
Pretty sure he's a 2016 kid

Bogozags
06-04-2015, 01:13 PM
6'5; going to UCLA. I'm married toa Filipino, so this kid has a lot of buzz about him, may be the 1st full blooded Filipino in the NBA.

I lived there in the early 70's and they had lots of good, short, feisty players the tallest was Marino and Fernandez at 6'4"...this kid show's no fear in his play and has a super stroke too!

thespywhozaggedme
06-04-2015, 02:02 PM
2016 recruit, I believe.
So will he be in uniform in K2 in December, spy?

thespywhozaggedme
06-04-2015, 02:04 PM
Philippines and Lithuania have the highest percentage of basketball players (amateur and pro) in the world per capita. They LOVE hoops over there.
I lived there in the early 70's and they had lots of good, short, feisty players the tallest was Marino and Fernandez at 6'4"...this kid show's no fear in his play and has a super stroke too!

IowaSERE
06-05-2015, 09:19 AM
Collins looks great. All though it is against much smaller competition.

I think we need Tommy to recruit the announcer for GU games!

cjm720
06-05-2015, 09:51 AM
Is there a new link to day 2 events?

23dpg
06-05-2015, 10:00 AM
Looks like the U.S. Lost to Argentina 20-18

IowaSERE
06-05-2015, 10:01 AM
http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015

cjm720
06-05-2015, 11:08 AM
Thanks, Iowa

ZagNative
06-05-2015, 11:28 AM
USA vs. Indonesia on now on live TV here. (http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015/Day-2---Live-Stream---2015-FIBA-3x3-U18-World-Championships)

IowaSERE
06-05-2015, 11:33 AM
Indonesia would lose to half of the Hoopfest teams.

ZagNative
06-05-2015, 11:36 AM
USA wins it 21-4.

DixieZag
06-05-2015, 01:16 PM
Philippines and Lithuania have the highest percentage of basketball players (amateur and pro) in the world per capita. They LOVE hoops over there.

Well, if that kid gets into the NBA and is the first Filipino in the NBA, from a big basketball country, with a whole lot of people, and a fairly modern emerging economy, and that young man could be an average young player and still be one of the wealthier NBA players.

Good for him, I wish him well.

Don't they have a lot of baseball players there?

thespywhozaggedme
06-05-2015, 06:03 PM
No, baseball is really a blip on the radar in the Philippines. Their top 3 favorite sports are basketball, basketball and pool.
Well, if that kid gets into the NBA and is the first Filipino in the NBA, from a big basketball country, with a whole lot of people, and a fairly modern emerging economy, and that young man could be an average young player and still be one of the wealthier NBA players.

Good for him, I wish him well.

Don't they have a lot of baseball players there?

Bkzag
06-06-2015, 06:18 AM
Don't think they are an "emerging" economy as their "best" export is its labor force. Without Filipinos working in their stores, the economy in Kuwait would fail. The Philippines is a third world country and has big time corruption issues. Unemployment is very high and they have almost no middle class BUT they love their basketball players...they are like national heros! Don't get me wrong, they are a wonderful people and honest as the day is long! If this young man has success at UCLA and DOES play in the NBA, then he would be a national hero much the same as Pacquiao...

ZagNative
06-06-2015, 10:29 AM
USA lost to Spain this morning, 15-13, then beat Poland, 22-6. Quarter-Final game tomorrow vs. France, 7:30 PST. Schedule (http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015/games)

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IowaSERE
06-06-2015, 11:35 AM
Can they still win the Gold after 2 losses?

DixieZag
06-06-2015, 11:41 AM
Don't think they are an "emerging" economy as their "best" export is its labor force. Without Filipinos working in their stores, the economy in Kuwait would fail. The Philippines is a third world country and has big time corruption issues. Unemployment is very high and they have almost no middle class BUT they love their basketball players...they are like national heros! Don't get me wrong, they are a wonderful people and honest as the day is long! If this young man has success at UCLA and DOES play in the NBA, then he would be a national hero much the same as Pacquiao...

You would know better than me. Perhaps in the article I read, the "emerging" part left out a critical "relative to where they were.." or something to that effect, meaning they are still very much struggling.

Thx for the correction.

Zags_Fanatic
06-06-2015, 11:41 AM
Can they still win the Gold after 2 losses?

Yes, still very much in the hunt. Tourney is like World Cup soccer. Get out of your group and you move on to single-elimination portion of the tourney. Two more wins and they are playing for the championship.

Zagdawg
06-07-2015, 07:32 AM
USA Women are on now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaefltkPAjg

Zagdawg
06-07-2015, 07:54 AM
USA men lose to France 20-18